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Animals Flashcards

2014-03-10

Today I compiled a deck for learning animal names. Back in 2008 or 2009, I worked with a teacher named Mrs. Murakami. One day just before Mrs. Murakami transferred schools, she gave me her daughter's old ejiten (えじてん), or in English, picture dictionary. I studied from the book for a while and enjoyed it. Eventually I got hooked on electronic flash cards, and in an effort to make my flash cards more dynamic and therefore memorable and therefore good for learning, here's an Anki deck for animals with the names in English and Japanese.

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This deck has 150 cards. Each card has an animal on the front and the name of the animal in Japanese and English on the back. That being said, there are many possible answers for any given picture. Consider a picture of a Golden Retriever. You might say Golden Retriever or dog. Or suppose you're looking at a picture of a green tree frog. You might say green tree frog or tree frog or simply frog. When you're studying, remember that any good answer is fine. If your answer is good but different from what's on the back of the card, add it to the card and keep going.

A biologist might object to some of the names I've chosen. Why, for example, is there a card for dog and another one for Golden Retriever, when both are dogs? Also, why are both pigeon and dove represented, when the Japanese is the same? The latter question has a good answer: it's often true that multiple English words map to one Japanese word, and the deck reflects this basic fact. As for the former issue, no matter what you do there are judgment calls. I'm using common names for animals, but common is contextually dependent — if you're talking to a dog owner, it might be handy to know a few breeds. Just to make things more mismatched, I also have cards for rooster and hen. The word chicken translates to tori in Japanese, but that word means both chickens and also birds in general. If you disapprove of my picture and name selections here, so sorry, you'll just have to modify the flash cards to suit your purposes, which you probably want to do anyway.

KanjiKanaEnglish
渡信天翁わたりあほうどりalbatross
ワニalligator
ありant
蟻食アリクイanteater
レイヨウレイヨウantelope
アルマジロアルマジロarmadillo
狒狒ひひbaboon
穴熊アナグマbadger
白頭鷲はくとうわしbald eagle
こうもりbat
ビーバービーバーbeavers
花蜂ハナバチbee
甲虫類こうちゅうるいbeetle
ビッグホーンビッグホーンbighorn sheep
アメリカグマアメリカグマblack bear
ボブキャットボブキャットbobcat
ヒグマヒグマbrown bear
アメリカバイソンアメリカバイソンbuffalo
チョウbutterfly
駱駝ラクダcamels
加奈陀雁カナダガンCanada Goose
猩々紅冠鳥ショウジョウコウカンチョウcardinal
トナカイトナカイcaribou
ねこcat
イモムシイモムシcaterpillar
チンパンジーチンパンジーchimpanzees
縞栗鼠シマリスchipmunk
せみcicada
蜚蠊ごきぶりcockroach
珊瑚蛇さんごへびcoral snake
うしcow
コヨーテコヨーテcoyote
カニcrab
つるcrane
蝲蛄ザリガニcrayfish
からすcrows, ravens
鹿しかdeer
いぬdog
海豚いるかdolphin
驢馬ロバdonkey
鴿はとdove
蜻蛉とんぼdragonfly
うなぎeel
白鷺しらさぎegret
ぞうelephant
アメリカ赤鹿アメリカアカシカelk
花鶏アトリfinch
さかなfish
フラミンゴフラミンゴflamingo
はえfly
きつねfox
荒地鼠アレチネズミgerbil
手長猿テナガザルgibbon
アメリカ毒蜥蜴アメリカどくとかげgila monster
麒麟きりんgiraffe
ゴールデンレトリバーゴールデンレトリバーGolden Retriever
金魚きんぎょgoldfish
ゴリラゴリラgorilla
ハムスターハムスターhamster
針鼠ハリネズミhedgehog
牝鳥めんどりhen
うまhorses
人間にんげんhuman
蜂鳥ハチドリhummingbird
アイベックスアイベックスibex
イグアナイグアナiguana
野ウサギノウサギjackrabbit
hare
ジャガージャガーjaguar
海月クラゲjellyfish
カンガルーカンガルーkangaroo
コアラコアラkoala
小羊こひつじlamb
キツネザルキツネザルlemur
ひょうleopards
ライオンライオンlion
蜥蜴トカゲlizard
マカクマカクmacaque
真鴨マガモmallard ducks
マナティーマナティーmanatee
ミーアキャットミーアキャットmeerkat
さるmonkey
ムース・ヘラジカムース・ヘラジカmoose
mosquito
ネズミmouse
マスクラットマスクラットmuskrat
ムール貝ムールがいmussels
一角イッカクnarwhal
井守いもりnewt
オセロットオセロットocelot
タコoctopus
駝鳥だちょうostrich
ふくろうowl
鸚鵡おうむparrot
孔雀くじゃくpeacock
はやぶさPeregrine Falcon
キジpheasant
ぶたpigs
はとpigeon
北極熊
白熊
ほっきょくぐま
しろくま
polar bear
山荒ヤマアラシporcupine
ポッサムポッサムpossum
プレーリードッグプレーリードッグprairie dog
ツノメドリツノメドリpuffin
うずらquail
うさぎrabbit
洗熊アライグマraccoon
がらがら蛇がらがらへびrattlesnake
えいray
さいrhinos
雄鳥おんどりrooster
有尾目ゆうびもくsalamander
サソリscorpion
海鼠なまこsea cucumber
海驢あしかsea lion
海がめうみがめsea turtle
海胆うにsea urchin
かもめseagulls
竜の落し子たつのおとしごseahorse
海豹アザラシseal
氈鹿かもしかserow
さめshark
ひつじsheep
えびshrimp
蝸牛カタツムリsnail
へびsnake
噛み付き亀かみつきがめsnapping turtle
蜘蛛くもspider
烏賊いかsquid
栗鼠りすsquirrel
海星ヒトデstarfish
白鳥はくちょうswan
たぬきtanuki
タスマニアデビルタスマニアデビルTasmanian devil
とらtiger
青蛙あおがえるtree frog
七面鳥シチメンチョウturkey
禿鷹はげたかvulture
ワラビーワラビーwallaby
海象セイウチwalrus
疣猪イボイノシシwarthog
イタチweasel
くじらwhales
いのししwild boar
おおかみwolf
屈狸くずりwolverine
ウッドチャックウッドチャックwoodchuck
groundhog
啄木鳥キツツキwoodpecker
眼梶木めかじきxiphias
swordfish
ヤクヤクyak
縞馬しまうまzebra

The pictures in the deck are public domain, and the deck itself is under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Use it if you're interested, share it if you like it, and improve it if you're bored or extra motivated. Enjoy!